CBM participated, contributed and presented in a meeting and public workshop as a key member of the Leave No One Behind partnership from 25-28 June in Berlin.
The International Civil Society Centre hosts and coordinates the Leave No One Behind partnership. The partnership is composed of 12 international civil society organisations, including CBM, and strategic partners at the national and sub-national level with the goal to create more inclusive SDG implementation. Specifically, the objective is to gain recognition of community-driven data in SDG monitoring in national and international policy decision-making and to influence national policies, particularly for marginalised groups, including persons with disabilities, older persons, youth, women and girls, ethnic minorities, transgender people, street dwellers, and more.
The partnership launched its pilot project in September 2017 until February 2019 in five countries: Bangladesh, India, and Kenya, Nepal, and Vietnam. Each country identified data gaps and collected data on the most marginalised groups. Data on the situation of persons with disabilities was collected in each country, and for example, in India, DPOs led and collected the collection of disability data. CBM in Vietnam and our DPO partners were active partners in project in Vietnam. One compelling outcome is that most data comes from national averages (from surveys) and the project addresses this gap by gathering data from marginalised groups that are often left out.
Policy recommendations emerged from the outcomes, including to:
- Foster collaborative research to close data gaps;
- Strengthening inclusive decision making;
- Improve reporting and accountability; and
- Advocate for budget allocation and government commitments to ensure inclusive SDG implementation and monitoring.
As next steps, the results from the pilot will be used to scale up the approach internationally with the aim of implementing the project in 20 countries by 2022. The focus will shift to the national level where the data generation takes place. Also, there needs to be a low-tech collaborative approach on sharing experiences on how to collect data on marginalised populations and then sharing the data on an open platform.
This is valuable for CBM as our country offices and partners can directly engage and lead on this work to address the most marginalised groups, including persons with disabilities. At the global level, CBM provides guidance to the partnership on our advocacy expertise at the UN. The partnership highlights that CBM is among the largest and most influential international NGOs in the addressing those most marginalized communities in the world.